Special Interest for Students & Researchers

Student Awards

Each year, the Foundation for Life Care Planning recognizes the best student paper in life care planning by awarding a $500 cash prize, transportation and registration to the International Conference for Life Care Planning. The paper is published in the Journal of Life Care Planning and the student presents his/her paper during the poster session(s) of the conference.

Scholarship Programs

Each year, two individuals are selected to receive scholarships through the Foundation for participation in the Kaplan College online life care planning certificate program. The Kaplan program was launched in July 2003 and recipients are announced at the annual International Conference for Life Care Planning.

Research Mentoring Program

The Foundation is in the process of developing a Research Mentoring Program in collaboration with academic professors who are interested in pursing research in the specialty of life care planning. The Foundation plans to provide support in methodological design, statistical analysis, IRB submission and other research tasks. Most importantly, the Foundation will provide a vital link between academic professionals and private practitioners.

Students and researchers who are interested in learning more about these opportunities are invited to contact the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research at: [email protected].

Resource Links

Reliability and Validity for Life Care Planners - Why are we, as clinical practitioners, interested in research aimed at validating the process of life care planning?

Reading and Interpreting Life Care Planning Literature - The professional should be prepared to critically evaluate a study reported in the literature and apply that new knowledge to their professional practice and future investigative endeavors.

Ethics in Research - As practitioners and researchers, we have a responsibility to protect the research subject from potential harms . . .

Introduction to Evidence-based Practice - The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.

Locating Practice Guidelines - When seeking clinical practice guidelines specific to the patient with whom you are working, you may begin your search in the following ways:

Sources of Research Information - There are numerous resources available to life care planners, but professionas need to know where information exists . . .